- any of a group of female water spirits described by Paracelsus.
Origin of undine
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Examples from the Web for undine
"She's like Undine after she had found her soul," said the Englishman.The Eternal City
You remind me just now of pictures I have seen of Undine and the woodland nymphs.Pretty Madcap Dorothy
Laura Jean Libbey
Urquhart called her Undine, and she was mostly known as the Mermaid.Love and Lucy
Maurice Henry Hewlett
I will sell it, fair Undine, and you shall have the proceeds.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
Then there is Undine, but she only appears on the operatic stage, and that but rarely.From a Terrace in Prague
Lieut.-Col. B. Granville Baker
- any of various female water spirits
Word Origin and History for undine
1821, from Modern Latin Undina (1650s), coined by Paracelsus ("De Nymphis") for a water spirit in his alchemical system, from Latin unda "a wave" (see water). Popularized by German romance "Undine, eine Erzählung" (1811) by Baron F.H.C. La Motte Fouqué. Undinism (1928) was coined by sex researcher Havelock Ellis to describe the fetish for urine (which Ellis had); nowadays it would be called urophilia.